Giving back to communities
Celebrating 18 years of the Vodacom Foundation
For over 19 years, we've been contributing to societal development by promoting education and health as well as safety and security initiatives. We've partnered with reputable organisations since 1999 to grant over R1.2 Billion towards various programmes including; anti women and child abuse, facial reconstruction surgeries and providing Internet connectivity in schools.
For two decades, Vodacom has been committed to giving back to communities through partnerships with government, industry leaders and other technology partners. For a summary of our SA initiatives, click here.
We're committed to using the resources at our disposal to improve access to education, health and safety, which are the core focus areas for the Vodacom Foundation. These three areas are also in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with the set of bold new Global Goals that were formally adopted by the 193-member United Nations Assembly on Friday, 25 September 2015. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what they did not achieve. They are integrated and indivisible, and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. The goals and targets will continue to stimulate action over the next 15 years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.
The Global Goals resonate well with the core activities of the Vodacom Foundation, and to this end, we declare our full support and commitment to continue driving sustainable initiatives which can help alleviate some of the country's most pressing social challenges.
Vodacom Lesotho cares deeply about the community in which it operates. The company’s social responsibility investments and partnerships are in health, education, sports and community development.
Vodacom Mozambique’s corporate social investments are focused on education, health, safety and security. The company collaborates with select partners, NGOs and communities to execute approved projects.
Vodacom Tanzania established its Foundation in July 2006 to give back to communities and improve the lives of Tanzanians. The Foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives of communities through caring partnerships in education, health, economic empowerment and social welfare.
Vodacom Foundation DRC’s vision is to contribute towards a prosperous country in which people’s lives are transformed through the use of mobile technologies to address social and economic issues.
Mobile Education Programme
The Vodacom Mobile Education Programme provides quality Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and Internet access to thousands of teachers and learners.
To empower teachers, Vodacom has partnered with the Department of Basic Education (DBE), Microsoft, Cisco, Intel and Mindset to establish Teacher Centres that deliver development training with a focus on ICT Literacy, as well as the effective use and integration of digital content in the classroom.
To date we have provided ICT equipment and connectivity to 3000 schools, resulting in an improved learning experience for learners.
The Vodacom Mobile Education programme offers the following:
Vodacom has trained over 100 000 teachers on the use of ICT in the classroom to enhance their teaching skills. The teachers are also trained on how to integrate ICT in the classrooms. Vodacom, in partnership with the DBE, annually trains centre managers and e-learning specialists on how to effectively use technology.
Vodacom has equipped and connected 92 teacher centres that will offer teacher development courses, youth training on ICT and community programmes.
A gateway offering free Internet access has been created for teachers on the programme, promoting learning anytime and anywhere. Vodacom Foundation offers Internet connectivity to the schools and the centres we support, which enables teachers and learners to have access to digital resources
Digital Content and Services
Vodacom provides free access to quality digital educational content by zero rating the following sites
- Vodacom e-school : is a secure online learning platform with free Internet access to basic education CAPS Aligned content for Grade R - 12 learners. The portal provides daily lessons, videos and assignments in the form of quizzes as well as personalised progress reports. The portal is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education.
- Digital Classroom : is an online platform with educational resources, articles and a discussion forum for teachers
- Mindset : Mindset Learn provides resources for use by learners and teachers in the classroom as well as resources specifically for revision purposes. www.mindset.co.za
- Siyavula : Siyavula is an educational technology company with a mission to create and enable engaging, integrated, high-quality learning experiences in Mathematics and the Sciences : www.everythingmaths.co.za, www.everythingscience.co.za
- Department of Basic Education : www.thutong.doe.gov.za, www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za and www.education.gov.za
The Stock Visibility Solution (SVS) enables nurses at clinics to manage the availability of chronic medication and avoid stock-outs. It's expensive for people to get to their local clinic to pick up their TB or ARV medication. When there is no stock available, many don't have the money to travel to the clinic again. The availability of stock has a real impact on their health and it's also important for patients to take their medication at the same time every day.
This solution gives visibility to the national Department of Health (DoH) to see where there are stock-outs on any medication and the new mobile-enabled system enables the department to create a JIT (just in time) supply of medications at these clinics. This project has now been commercialised between Department of Health and Vodacom Enterprise Business Unit
"The stock visibility solution project is very close to my heart and I talk about it with pride and passion because of its success in changing the way we manage medicine stock. The solution has changed the lives of most South Africans living with TB and HIV/AIDS." - Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Regarding multi-year funded projects, the Vodacom Foundation has long-standing relationships with several non-profit organisations. We provide funding that enables these NPOs to support and assist in the areas of health and medicine.
These organisations include:
- Ndlovu Care Group - provides nutritional and medical assistance to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) in the Groblersdal area.
- Smile Foundation - provides operations to children in need of cleft lip and palate surgery, putting the smile back on their faces and providing support to their families.
- SANCB (South African National Council for the Blind) - provides much-needed cataracts operations to people in rural communities.
- Netcare Foundation - provides craniofacial operations to patients born with conditions such as craniosystosis.
Engaging with us
Vodacom is committed to addressing the ICT skills shortage in South Africa. To address this need, we provide fifty students with bursaries annually to study in fields in which there are skills shortages. Top-achieving students from disadvantaged communities are chosen to study in the ICT and engineering sectors.
Since the scheme was started in 1999, more than 1 000 bursaries have been awarded.
Areas of study
Applicants can apply for a Vodacom Foundation Bursary if they intend to gain a qualification in one of the following fields of study:
Engineering and Operations:
- Electrical or Electronic Engineering (Light Current only);
- University of technology Diplomas and Degrees in similar areas of study.
- BSc Computer Science;
- BSc Computer Engineering; or
- Information Systems
- University of technology Diplomas and Degrees in similar areas of study
Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants need to meet the following requirements to apply for a Vodacom Foundation Bursary.
- must be a South African citizen
- must undertake full-time undergraduate studies in a South African tertiary institution
- be a member of a family who's total household income does not exceed R150 000 per year
- must pass Grade 12 with exemption
- must obtain a minimum “C” symbol in both Mathematics and Science Higher Grade
- must be younger than 25 years
- may apply if already in his/her first year of studies in an accredited South African tertiary institution and meet
- all criteria above
Before submitting your application, please consider our eligibility requirements and answer the following questions: If answers are not yes to all, please do not apply.
Am I applying for the correct field of study?
Did I obtain the minimum academic requirements?
Am I using the correct bursary application form?
Am I a South African Citizen?
Only long listed candidates will be contacted, if you are not invited for an initial interview, consider your application as unsuccessful.
Please note that preference will be given to historically disadvantaged individuals
The bursary scheme is presently administered by Career Wise.
For further information, email email@example.com.
Vodacom also has an extensive programme of learnerships and internships in the field of Information Communication Technology as well as various aspects of business management.
Hlulani says: "I'm so happy and grateful for this bursary by Vodacom. Now I have a school and funds to study, all I have to focus on is to work hard to keep my bursary."
Hlulani matriculated from the school of the blind and he lost his eyesight while doing Grade 10
How do I apply?
To download a Vodacom Foundation Bursary application form, click here
Applications for bursaries open yearly on 1 March, and must be submitted by 30 June.
Vodacom Safety and Security
The Vodacom Foundation has invested R4.2 million in a 24-hour call centre dedicated to providing support and counselling to victims of gender-based violence. These funds also help cover the cost of the call centre’s ICT infrastructure.
We support a number of non-profit organisations in the safety and security sector. The Vodacom Foundation funds these NGOs allowing them to provide support in the area of safety and security, as well as assist victims of gender-based violence.
These organisations include:
- WMACA (Women & Men Against Child Abuse) - provides counselling and support to rape survivors and the conviction of abusers.
- New Beginningz - a home that provides support to abandoned babies.
- ACFS (African Children's feeding Scheme) - provides daily meals to 700 children in Soweto.
- Orlando Children's Home - provides care for 80 young orphans in Soweto.
Engaging with us
Interested in applying for funding? Below is a list of criteria for organisations who wish to apply:
You must adhere to or comply with the criteria:
- Be a Registered Non Profit Organisation;
- Projects must have clearly defined, evidence-based goals that can be tracked through their lifespan
- Projects must have monitoring systems in place to demonstrate their efficiency in running the initiative and their effectiveness in achieving the desired outcomes and impacts
- Distinctive and scalable - Projects must demonstrate innovation and, if proven, have the potential to be rolled out to other parts of South Africa to create a greater impact;
- Sustainable - Projects must be able to sustain themselves financially, technically and operationally once Vodacom Foundation funding has ended;
Please note: We do not fund:
Start up costs, sport sponsorships, golf days, beauty pageants, raffles, competitions, events, travel and international studies, television shows, production costs, conferences, exhibitions, shows and other related occasions, political and religious organisations as direct beneficiaries, commercial entities and labour unions, others Foundations and Trusts as direct beneficiaries or organisations that are insolvent or those who cannot produce acceptable audited financial statements.
Grants outside of South Africa
Vodacom Foundation South Africa considers applications from South African charities for projects in South Africa. Vodacom operating companies in Tanzania, DRC, Lesotho and Mozambique have their own CSI processes